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. >>> now, berlusconi and bersani are already exchanging blows after what's considered to be a controversial moment in italy. berlusconi has announced he's creating a new center right grouping. meanwhile, mario monti has been accused oversimplifying solutions during the fiscal crisis. carolin is joining us now from rome. do we expect more of this rhetoric today? >> oh, definitely. not just today, but specifically over two months. elections will only be held probably on february 24th. we've got about two months of the silly campaigning season to follow. so yes, as you said, the verbal exchange is definitely heating up. it started with mr. monti's response criticism coming from officials about his renewed request for the prime minister post yesterday. he said this criticism was out of place. it was offensive not just for him, but also for all of the people in italy who have the freedom to vote. this morning, he did an interview with one of the channels here in italy and he said, i don't really care about this spread because the spread is based on fraud. that's the direct translation. meanwhile
shoulder there? silvio berlusconi. a billionaire prime minister of italy elected three times even though as they say in rome, he was corrupt. >> the italian prime minister is no stranger to scandal. charges of bribery, corruption and embezzlement. >> officially guilty of tax fraud. >> sentenced to newshour years in prison for tax fraud. >> a serial flanderer. >> tales of lavish orgies. >> notorious all night so-called bunga-bunga parties. paying for sex with an underage prostitute. >> he was saying he could haven't sex with 11 women so instead he had sex with eight women. (laughter). >> jon: a man who had sex with eight women. that's the worst bond villain ever! (laughter) and if you pull one of them off, you just grow back. last november with the italian economy tanking, voters replaced berlusconi with his polar opposite, mario monti, an academic economist who promised to balance italy's books with strict austerity measures. that's not an easy choice. the country basically deciding it would be better to live with its hard-ass stepfather even though its real father was outside revving up
silvio berlusconi make a comeback? and apocalypse not. we're all still here. >> america's powerful gun lobby wants armed guards at every school in the u.s. the national rifle association came a week after 20 young children and six duments were killed. >> 26 bell tolls for the moment the shooting happened a week ago. washington, d.c. protestorses toled with security outside the national rifle association event. inside two protestors disrupted proceedings twice. the n.r.a. is a powerful lobby inner the constitutional rights to bear arms. n.r.a. speakers marked the start of a serious national conversation to prevent school shootings. their main idea, more guns in schools. >> the only way -- the only way to stop a monster from killing our kids is to be personally involved and informsed in a plan of absolutely protection. the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> the n.r.a. is launching a national school shield program to work with schools to beef up security on sight. >> i call on congress today to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to pu
berlusconi's party. apple stock is back around $531 a share after a leading investment firm, jeffreys, cut the future price target by $100. a leading analyst says smart phone saturation may lead to slow growth in the coming years. the new price target is $800 per share as opposed to 900. apple stock is down 25% since the record close above $700 a share in september. and the world's biggest hamburger chain, mcdonald's, saw sales increase 2.4% at restaurants open more than a year. growth was bigger than expected. breakfast items and limited time only cheddar bacon and onion sandwiches boosted sales. the stock is up 2.5% in trading yesterday. the results represent a rebound. in october mcdonald's had its first ever decline in same-store sales in nine years. back to you. >> hampton, thank you. >> back pain affects 80% of americans a at some point in their lifetime. it comes in many forms. here with ideas hon how to help is kim from boundless yoga. who did you bring? >> i brought carol. she's been studying with me for five years and is a great student. >> as we talk about back pain carol will p
berlusconi says he will run again to be his country's leader. the billionaire resigned as prime minister last year, after dominating italian politics for 18 years. berlusconi says he has been quote "besieged" by requests to resume a leadership role in politics. but the 76-year-old still has some legal issues to deal with. in october, a milan court sentenced berlusconi to four years in prison for tax evasion. he faces trial on charges that he hired an underage prostitute and then tried to use his political connections to get her out of jail when she was accused of theft. >> still ahead. three stockton women demanding an apology. after finding an offensive remark on their dinner check. >> and the creepy crawly discovery in books at a library in washington state. >> three friends out to eat at the cameo club casino in stockton were shocked when they got their bill. and saw the word "fat girls". written on the recipt. immediately the women brought the check up to a manager. the manager tried to remedy the situation by offering them 50 percent off. but they say that isn't enough. >> i still cannot
that italy can go back on to a sustainable growth path and -- >> is that with or without berlusconi involved? because end of february are these elections. >> yes. the elections are, of course, more the campaign heading into the elections with all these noises, especially the end ecb noises that we hear from italy. that's going to cause concern that if italy does need help, how likely are they going to be to get it? in the years from 1993 to 2007 italy brought down its debt to gdp ratio to almost 100% and half of that time berlusconi is prime minister. it's not like berlusconi has a record of fiscal spending. >> no. but i guess also the times were different. >> the times were different but the interest rate was slightly higher than it is now. but the primary surplus of the country ran over that period which was an acceptable 3% on average is already right now reached once again. so all the parameters are in the right place and the only thing the next government needs to do is actually nothing. if it does nothing, if it doesn't reverse the reforms -- >> what's interesting is what berlusconi is
're going to think i have made a mistake. silvio berlusconi will pay his former wife $4 million a month in spousal support. they settled their divorce on christmas day. what he is paying is more than 132,000 a day. berlusconi does get to keep the couple's estate according to an italian newspaper. neither party is being blamed for the divorce. berlusconi is 76-year-old now, currently we are told he is date ago woman about 50 years his junior. >>> a 20-year-old surfer is recovering from a shark attack. it happened this morning off the coast of australia. he's expected to be okay, but he lost two fingers in the ordeal. winnen witnesses say he used his surfboard to fight off the fish. >> he was swimming arnhem, and he took about three chunks out of him. >> paramedics say quick thinking probably helped save his life. >>> road crews getting ready for a storm tonight. northern virginia bureau reporter david culver joins us from vdot's headquarters in leesburg. >> reporter: officials say their crews will have to prepare for what's going to be a really long night. they've taken a break from that
-off that we saw on monday and the monte/berlusconi news, now berlusconi might be indicating willingness to let monti govern. the xetra dax is lower this morning. the ftse 100, too, down about 0.2% respectively. take a look at the bond curve. spain, this will be a good proxy for now. we'll get the ten year for italy in just a second. 35.34% is the level there. u.s. benefiting from fund flows well. choppy trade across the picture here. let's look at the italian curve before we get the results later today. we are seeing green across the board, so yields dipping before that probably has more to do with the political rhetoric we're seeing especially coming from berlusconi. under 4.6% for the ten-year and on the short and two, a bit of a rally. finally, let's close taking a look at the forex. euro/dollar is weaker. and it's holding just above 1.30. and the dollar/yen, this is the one sixuan mentioned to watch. heading into japanese elections, stocks outperform adding oots .1% to 83.35 this morning. >>> south korea's central bank may be worried about factors in the economy, but the dok says the econo
. >> turmoil in italy. berlusconi throws his hat in the ring. retail sales numbers out of china, hoping the economy is in fact on an upswing. >> apple, enthusiasm. jeffreys trimming its price target to 800 from 900, as apple shares do trade lower in the pre-market. we'll start with mcdonald's, posting better than expected november same-store sales, global comps up 2.4. u.s. same-store sales up 2.5, offered by breakfast offerings, including that cheddar/bacon/onion sandwich, as melissa mentioned. jim? people are saying the u.s. maybe is making a turn here. >> i find mcdonald's is levered to new products, levered to menu technology. they do invent things. my hat's off to janet. they had this number last week. reminds people, again, they've been right down, and up. mcdonald's is one of those things where joe asked me from squawk when we were talking, i said, i think this is a for real term. if they continue to innovate. i may this may not be your cup of tea, burger, but innovation s higher. >> they tried to sell it to consumers as opposed to their extra value menu, which is a little bit hi
berlusconi actually have any chance with voters? >> the extraordinary thing is that despite his being really comprehensively discredited in the eyes of the rest of the world, a lot of italians seem prepared to fall for his charm and his promises, and he is actually on a media blitz at the moment, taking advantage of the fact that there are currently no rules since the campaign has not officially opened, restricting access to the media. so his face and words are absolutely everywhere on the television and radio and in the press, and i think he is able to appeal to italians' baser instincts, the fact that they are suffering under austerity, and that they see him as -- they associate with him a feel good spirit, although he did not actually succeed in delivering on it when he was in government. >> thank you very much for delivering on that. >> onto friday's market action. european shares gave up ground on the final trading day of the week. our correspondents and as the summary from the frankfurt stock exchange. >> hopes fading at the stock market u.s. politicians may reach a deal on time, alarm
of the technocratic government sought to end the financial crisis. former prime minister silvio berlusconi is rounding out his new year with a divorce, pinning his ex-wife almost $4 million per month. he was accused of having relationships with young women. the venezuelan president hugo chavez cents a message of faith to his supporters from his hospital bed. the message said that well- wishers and supporters were helping his recovery following the cancer operation. there is been speculation over whether his health has left him fit to lead the country. >>> a 6-year-old british girl who was abducted by her father and to pakistan three years ago has been reunited with her mother in the u.k. in the past couple of hours she arrived at manchester airport. she was taken from her home in greater manchester on her third birthday, found with the help of the pakistani authorities and is understood to be fit and well. the police officer who met her off the airplane has been talking to the bbc. >> she has been reignited at a hotel near manchester airport with her mother. -- she has been reunited at a hotel near ma
presidential debate viewing party. >>> and former italian prime minister silvia berlusconi told a tv interviewer that he's engaged to be married. that's your morning dish of scrambled politics. >>> now for a look at the weather, we turn to bill karins with the weather channel forecast. good morning. >>> good morning. welcome. >> thank you. >> our new anchor at "first look". >> it's very good to be here. >> richard engel story -- >> i'm so relieved. a friend, a phenomenal person. >> five days, we had no clue. when he comes back and tells the story of what happened -- >> yeah. >> can't miss tv. >> absolutely. >> good morning. we have two storms to talk about as we go throughout the morning. one is the heavy rain heading up through new england. it's rain, not snow, which is rare for this time of year. and we are dealing with a new storm, a major winter storm as it goes through the mountains of the rockies today and through the plains tomorrow. let's start with what's happening in the northeast. that heavy rain has exited the new york city area, starting to exit long island, too. from ne
berlusconi back in power, and france's francois hollande has to tackle urgent issues at home, so there is plenty of work for europ's firefighters next year. >> the past year, we have often brought you images of very angry protests in greece that were mostly against the harsh austerity measures imposed by the government in return for a bailout funds from lenders. >> without this, greece would certainly have gone bankrupt, but it still a long way from clear that the bailout and the reforms they are tied to will get the economy back on the road to recovery. >> meanwhile, the suffering continues for the greek people. the situation is especially dire in rural villages. >> we are on our way to a village on the border with bulgaria. most of the village's 500 inhabitants are muslim -- a minority in the orthodox christian country. the village also claims the dubious distinction of being the poorest village in greece, with an average income of roughly 6000 euros a year. >> everything is being cut. i am getting 50 euros less. my wife is getting something now, so i only get 440 euros. >> tob
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for her. >> shepard: my goodness bunga bunga time. the former prime minister silvio berlusconi the gift that keeps on giving is not letting legal troubles interfere with his love life. the now 76-year-old media tycoon says is he engaged to the woman you see here, she is 28. that's about 50 apart. this video would -- this would be silvio berlusconi's third marriage. is he now fighting charges of having sex with an underaged woman known to the world as ruby the heart steeler and using his office to cover it it up. in october, another court convicted him of tax fraud and sentenced him to four years in the clink. but he is appealing that conviction and says he is considering running again for prime minister of italy. the syrian regime can and will deploy chemical weapons on its own people unless other nations step in. that's the word now from a former syrian general who now leads the rebels. plus, investigators say this beauty queen died after a shootout in mexico and they have now linked one gun at the scene to the failed operation fast and furious. plus, the latest winter storm could thro
. >> so here's italy. silvio berlusconi. your intro was about mario monti which is all true. silvio berlusconi, the former prime minister of italy -- >> my favorite. >> thank goodness for silvio berlusconi. >> look at his hair. what is he, 76? >> 76. he just sat down with cnbc italy over the weekend. silvio berlusconi says he does not want to run for prime minister, but, he is obligated to, because the country needs him so desperately. he is the only one that can bring together 40% of the people who vote for him, so that way the left does not control italy. >> he could not get 40%, could he? or could he? >> i don't know if he could get 40%. he thinks he can get more than anybody else. >> really? >> yes. >> now the question is, 40% isn't enough once you're in a parliament, right, because of a parliamentary system and two other parties that used to support him no longer do. it's not clear what they would ultimately do, would they really link to the left? it's hard to say. more than italy, remember, they would never agree with this, but they're far more dramatic than southern italy. >>
you saw berlusconi kind of backed off and actually support him now so it's like they're going to parachute him back in. he won't run and he says i don't have to because he is a life senator whatever that means but italy has its own laws as you know, probably as well as anybody. but he wants -- he'd like to continue to run the show because he feels just like mario draghi that he's been very successful and he can't let go of the reins. now i understand that. but he doesn't want to run. >> he's been very successful and he tells us about that. >> right. >> he had his july 26th surprise between him and mario draghi but in the end as you pointed out off camera he doesn't want to lose. he's not going through the process in a way where he can lose. basically if you appoint me i'll take it. >> right. >> i think president obama or any politician in the u.s. would love to have those terms up. >> right. he wants the terms. no election. i don't want that process. i don't want the feeling of rejection but i'd like to continue in this path. italy has to make a decision and i think the big mo
, berlusconi and the german chancellor merkel were present. a lot of expressions of support for a monti candidacy here. what does this imply? what are people making of this? >> it's one of these things. in all honesty, we thought that the era of berlusconi had been done and dusted and we had opened a new page. but, okay, sometimes there are some comeback kids and berlusconi could be one of them. he did say that if monti would stand, he would resolve his claim to anything, but he wanted to prevent a shift to the left in italy. that's something angela merkel could support. although she might have to face her own transition to the left as we face elections in september. it's hoped mario monti would stand again and would stay in place because clearly that was the sort of work in progress that worked well. down with the euro and italy has to walk its own way. that is not something that we would like to hear in the eu eurozone or in berlin. >> silvia, thank you so much for your time. >>> now, a weak ahead of the person of the year, the winner, north korean leader kim jong un. the magazine did
after the party of sylvia berlusconi withdrew support for monti's government last week. berlusconi has indicated he will run for leadership again. cnbc's carolin roth will join us from italy with the latest in a few minutes. when i was over there, i had to have the -- all the political signs translated because there's a picture of monti sitting under a beach chair drinking a drink and all the text was send monti to the beach. they already didn't like him. >> he had very high disapproval ratings. i remember last summer i had seen that somewhere. >> they want to send him to the beach. the major european averages at this hour, there they, they're all down. not great in france, but germany down about .7% and the ftse down fractionally. other news out of europe, debt tieback for from an day to receive additional buyback offers. those would be at deeply discounted prices and that would help lower the country's debt lead. >>> in asia, stocks touched a 16-month high and closed mostly higher on the session with good gains, as you can see, with the kospi up the most, 1.5 points. >> strong nebs o
government could fall. >> the "b" word, berlusconi, incredible. see you later. if you're just joining us here is what you missed earlier this morning. >> welcome to hour three of "squawk on the street." here is what's happening so far. >> a sound fiscal position is necessary to protect the economy. >> okay. >> if we don't do that, as this economy recovers, that recovery is going to be aborted and that's going to do damage. >> 370,000, a drop of 25,000, because the 393 originally released last week was upgraded a couple of thousand. >> people are truly perplexed about what the stock is, where it got to, what do you do with it. >> so you can come up with a million reasons. it's manufacturing, well, maybe it is manufacturing, but is there really a demand question about apple's products? [ bell ringing ] >> there is a scenario says and some people believe in it, go over the cliff and if about two, three days we'll have it settled. . look if we knew that was going to happen i'd say go over the cliff. two or three days is not going to do any harm. suppose it's two or three weeks, suppose it's two o
. berlusconi says spreads, this is really just a scam. monty says we should care about spreads. want to bring in a third opinion. let's talk about bepo grillo, founder of the five-star movement. not a political party but a movement which benefits from voters' disenchantment with mr. berlusconi and mr. monty. he agrees with mr. berlusconi on one thing. he says spreads are all just based on speculation. >> translator: the spread is completely detached from the real economy. the spread is mental hallucination created by speculation in the banking sector because half of the italian debt is owned by foreign banks. these banks try to get high rate in order to earn more. so we are a victim of banking speculation, of both foreign and domestic banks. we shall detach from the real economy. we need to stop this vicious cycle of debt that is strangling us. >> reporter: many would argue it's the right time for mario monty to leave the political scene. would you agree? >> translator: he needs to disappear. he was, as the americans say, a bluff, a bubble, a bankruptcy curator. our country went bankrupt last
berlusconi plans to run to become prime minister for a fifth time. the media tycoon says he's returning "sadly to public service out of a sense of responsibility." the 76-year-old resigned last year amid italy's deepening economic woes. he still faces allegations he paid for sex with an underaged prostitute. berlusconi denies that. >>> to politics. he served his state as a republican, left the party, turned pent, and now charlie crist is officially a democrat. crist announced he signed papers switching his party. some are speculating he made the move to run against rick scott in 2014. the latest now on the fiscal cliff. there has been very little actual movement this week on it. both sides have their proposals on the table, but it seems like no one is sitting at those tables. there's been a lot of back and forth on television, but what's really getting done, if anything? joining me now as they do every week, cnn contributor maria cardona, and amy holmes, anchor for real news on the blaze. good morning to both of you. >> good morning, randi. >> i'm sure you've been watching all the back
-old berlusconi has announced an engagement to his 27-year-old girlfriend live on italian television. the billionaire revealed that he finally felt, quote, less lonely thanks to his relationship. it will be mr. berlusconi's third marriage provided he can reach divorce arrangements from his current wife. >>> now as investors prepared to head home for the long christmas holiday, we're taking a look at what is in store. a slow grind to recession, that man is david evans, chief financial economist at jeffries. thanks for joining us. when do we come out of recession in europe? >> the uk at the moment is showing clear signs of recovery. i think if we can through the first quarter of nkts year, it all will be recovering. i don't care expect this to be a real turn until the second half. as we go into the second half of next year, it will become clearer. even the eurozone is recovering. within that, you'll have very much the laggards. france won't do particularly well, but germany and italy maybe next year have a potential surprise on the upside. >> how much of a surprise? >> it will not be a
silvio berlusconi says he will run again as his nation's leader and he says it's bedemand. he wrote on facebook, i am besieged by my people that are requesting that i get back in the battlefield leading the people of freedom, pdl party. it ended an 18-year stretch as prime minister with shall we say a colorful reputation. >>> now to south america where as we've been telling you venezuela an hugo chavez made news late saturday announcing that his cancer has come back. it has returned. in his speech he repeatedly kissed a cross and broke out in song. he even name add man who would take over. could this be the end of a chavez era in venezuela. joining us now is our nadia bilchik. great to talk to you. so does this mean he's really afraid? what does this mean that now he's naming a successor? >> well, now we know he has to have very serious surgery. it's cancer in the pelvic area. he hesam been specific as to exactly where. we know there are mag lig nanlt tumors that have been removed. he says if something were to happen to incapacitate me, nicolas maduro would replace me. he's the vice
he will step down when the budget is passed. berlusconi's turn started a year ago. >>> north korea saws a launch is designed to get a satellite into orbit. >>> the syrian rebels are taking an important step. while the fighting will rages, hillary clinton is getting ready to meet with a group of countries supporting the rebels. this would be washington's first step to formally recognizing the opposition government, something france and britain have already done. the army is moving to unify it's command structure to make thorough is has a more educative fighting force. this morning, nelson mandela is in the hospital, jacob zuma paid him a visit, and said there is no cause for alarm. >>> susan, as you can imagine, south africans are holding their collective breath, their very worried about their beloved former president. they call him father in one of the native languages, they adore him. he helped bring democracy to this nation. we're getting very little information about what is wrong with him. as you said, the president visited nelson mandela, and he came out saying he is in good c
into the prime minister's role following the resignation of silvio berlusconi last year. monte's resignation sparked concern. >>> president obama and members of the senate will gather later today to say good-bye to one of their own. senator daniel inouye who represented hawaii in statehood. he was 8. senate majority leader senator harry reid has called on neil abercrombie to quickly appoint a successor before the end of the year. >>> ted kennedy jr., son of the late edward kennedy is considering a run for john kerry's senate seat, according to his brother former congressman patrick kennedy. "boston globe" reports that ted reached out to family members, friends and prominent democrats including john kerry about the possible run. he will likely faceoff against former senator scott brown who lost his seat to elizabeth warren in the november elections. those are your top stories. "reliable sources" at the top of the hour. now back to fareed zakaria "gps." >>> what would you dine a recession the fatd of a million jobs rested with you and just a few of us. nearly four years ago that was the questi
the resignation of silvio berlusconi last year. sparked concern that italy may slip back into a recession. >>> president obama and members of the senate will gather later today to say good-bye to one of their own. senator daniel inouye who served. he died last week of respiratory complications. he was 88. senate majority leader has called on abercrombie to appoint a successor before the end of the year. >>> ted kennedy jr., son of
cone any is going to run again. ben weedman the thought of the return to berlusconi is rattling some folks' nerves. >> reporter: he's back. he says he's run for the premiership for the sixty time in 20 years. a year after he resigned as prime minister he's coming back more emphatically as ever telling an appreciative audience in rome he'll denounce the policies of his successor, mario monti, and his management of the current economic crisis. after decades in italian politics, this 76-year-old businessman appears rested and ready for a fight. tan and fit not and a gray hair on his head. he's not without troubles of his own. he's appeals a kwixz for tax evasion and on trial for allegedly having sex with a minor, a now of age moroccan dancer known as ruby, the heartbreaker. belusconi is in and monti will soon be out. he's step down as soon as parliament passes its 2013 budget. stepping down doesn't mean he's stepping out. many here speculate he's simply preparing to take off his mental and don that of a politician and run himself for the premiership in elections early next year. monti's
column. >> silvio berlusconi getting hitched. he is engaged to a 28-year-old woman. this is while his sex for hire trial continues in milan. berlusconi is flirting with another run for prime minister. >> that must have been some engagement ring, right? >> that guy, he has -- >> the guy may want to be prime minister, forgetting all of his other problems, europe, the financial sector, terrified of that. >> silvio berlusconi, the gift that keeps on giving. >> john tries to make this very serious. i appreciate you bringing it back to the financial crisis. >> no, no, no. we were focused on something different. >> the sex for hire trial? the proposal during the sex for hire trial? >>> main street might be seeing a run for guns in some places, but wall street, it's the opposite. a look at that, coming up. what a night, huh? but, um, can the test drive be over now? head back to the dealership? [ male announcer ] it's practically yours. but we still need your signature. volkswagen sign then drive is back. and it's never been easier to get a passat. that's the power of german engineering. get $0 do
between silvio berlusconi, the former prime minister, who this week withdrew his support for the existing mario. they will not call for a dissolution of the par lament or the government in italy. that is a promise made by berlusconi. that is good news because as far as barclays capital is concerned it doesn't matter for the markets. what you really need is a stable government and saying to the opposition, look, if do you empower, make it clear you're going to come through with reforms that are already on the table. in that environment, the fact that we're not going to have a disorderly dissolution in italy, you've seen the yields, in fact, fall on the italian debt. so after yesterday, the yields spike. in other words, the bond market is rising and a little bit more. >> do you think there's as th ce he runs again, berlusconi? >> probably not. the reason he did that, withdrew his support is -- the expectations is not that he'd run, but who knows. the man is a dash the m-- the m character. >> yes, he is. have a great weekend. sharon epperson is live at the nymex. good morning, sharon. >> goo
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headlines making news, former italian prime minister sylvio berlusconi, he was forced to resign last year. he's got a new girlfriend. nbc reports he's dating an italian politician that is 49 years younger than he is. he's 76 and francesca is 27. now despite facing a trial for underaged prostitution charges berlusconi is also trying to return to power. he is running for a fourth term as prime minister. >> bill: how much older is he? >> 49 years older than she is. he's 76. she's 27. >> bill: viagra is a wonderful drug. >> another documentary about former president bill clinton is set to be produced to air on hbo. it has a major hollywood name behind it. deadline reporting martin scorsese will produce the project that will explore clinton's perspectives on history, politics, culture and the world. it is reportedly being made with the former president's full cooperation. look for it next year. >> bill: i don't know if he's putting any money into it. >> quite possible. and the world's oldest person, dina of iowa, sa
loss and support from the party of berlusconi paving the way for early elections a year after he pulled the country back from the brink of disaster. >> a massive search-and-rescue effort in the philippines with 900 fishermen missing after a typhoon struck. >> new fallout to the growing political conflict in egypt. egyptians in egypt are flooding into the united states many live ing egypt because of the crisis and for their safety. and now, live in los angeles. dominic, what sort of scale is this wave of asylum seekers? >> napolitano at homeland security says we are seeing a doubling of seekers since the muslim brotherhood took power and 100,000 egyptians have turned up according to unofficial figures. it is mostly the coptic christians and we understand, as well, that new constitution does so little to protect minority rights including christians there and this is an attempt by the islamist to wipe out what remains, really, of the christian community in cairo. take a listen. >> christianity is in the middle coast where the cultures have become islamic, christianity only accounts for 3 p
% of italians are against him running for a second turn. meanwhile, sylvia berlusconi promised yesterday if he's voted back in, he'll reverse some of monti's policies. >>> in tokyo, the newly elected prime minister is meeting with the head of the central bank. also, we'll head out to frankfurt where do you have ya mark may have dodged another bullet. >>> then it's over to hong kong. aig sells its remaining stake in aia and formally ends a partnership dating back 100 years. all of that straight ahead. i always wait until the last minute. can i still ship a gift in time for christmas? yeah, sure you can. great. where's your gift? uh... whew. [ male announcer ] break from the holiday stress. ship fedex express ecember 22nd for christmas delivery. >>> the latest numbers out of china, in the first 11 months, foreign investments led. investment from the u.s. did pick up. . on the equity front, the shanghai composite has been powering ahead up over 9% just this month. with external factors impeding economic growth, the long-term pir r picture may not be rosy. china is the only market of the year like
berlusconi's party with their support setting the stage for new general election in february. ♪ >> gregg: well, look out, from weather, leaving few areas of the country untouched. heavy snow, and strong winds, threatening to make christmas travel a real chore. the nation's airports now looking like waiting rooms. stranded passengers waiting for cancelled flights to be rescheduled and in green bay, wisconsin, home of the packers, buried in snow, so bad, lambeau field is hiring fans to help shovel it away before tomorrow's game. maria molina live in the fox extremes weather center. >> snow storm in the midwest and great lakes and north east and is now exiting the u.s. and pulling into canada amd winding down as far as intensity and snow goes well, have lingering snow showers, in up state new york and portions of vermont and western connecticut and massachusetts. again, overall, the storm system pretty much over and done with, the wind will continue to die down and temperatures, will be chilly behind the storm. midwest, southeast, quiet for today and as we head westbound we still have big t
. former italian prime minister silvio berlusconi will run in the for office in the spring after resigning in november. not going to. interesting. lori: we'll keep an eye on that development in europe. don't forget the ecb, this is headline, saying eurozone is in for more economic woes and great are contraction. switching gears here, the concern over the u.s. fiscal cliff has you looking for a way to invest in gold there is one place you might have overlooked and that is ebay. a gold dealer has teamed up with the online retailer to give consumers an easy way to purchase gold bullion. the company's ceo michael haines joins me with more. rich souvenirs. don't turn away. how much money is actually here in gold and silver? >> just on the table right here probably about 50, 60,000. lori: only? chump change. >> annual bonus. lori: how do you know that is real? >> this is made for example, this one right here is made by the united states mint. so your government is actually making coins so that he can own bullion in your own personal investment portfolio. lori: so if an investor goes to ebay to p
a surprise. is going to resign. and silvio berlusconi wants to replace him. europe is appalled. and people blaming the recession for not having more children. 64 births for one thousand women of child bearing age. half of the peak of the baby boom in the 1950's. our next guest has six children, counts them. and what's that-- >> and naham segal. that works. >> have i got that word? >> and light tte candles. >> if you light them i will come. >> you have six children. >> as do you. >> leave me out of this. >> and others people say they can't afford it you're saying it doesn't matter if you can afford them or not. >> if the price tag of having a child scares you the most, you haven't done the right gut test. stuart: so, go ahead and have the children whether you can afford them or not. >> having children is the investment in the future. if we don't have children now and understanding in the short-term there are obviously economic hardships going on, it is classic then in an economic down turn, people should-- people are thinking twice of having kids. if we do not have kids now we will not have
saw the negative reaction. sylvia berlusconi wants to make his return on the political scene. today, we saw a bounce back. if you can see see bind me, the bank stocks in italy rerebound, but it's only in the range of .5% to 1% of these names which were down in some cases nearly 10% yesterday. if you take a quick look at european bourses, if that's possible, down near the ftse mib, this is the one selling off somewhere in the range of 3.5% yesterday. today it's adding about .8%. in spain, showing a nice rebound. same attitude listing peripheral debt. we can take a look there. italy and spain seeing prices rise, yields falling to 4.75% and 5.75% respectively. is investor attention returning to spain? here is the thing. italy is the third biggest government debt market in the world. it's the third biggest economy in the eurozone. whatever happens with its political situation could put neighboring pressure on spain. the main thing to keep an eye on here is whether spain comes back into the markets cross hairs. we saw today an auction go up reasonably well. we're looking for the country
of a much earlier election in italy. to that end it is fascinating. sylvia berlusconi has come out today warning about the germano center of politics. in other words, too much of a focus on what is happening from germany and the austerity inspired by angela merkel. in particular, he is drawing attention to this. which is the spread of the extra that investors demand to hold italian bonds over german bonds. i've shown this to you a couple times. over the last year it's been a mainstay of a lot of the italian business broadcasts internally. they say our bonds are currently trading so many basis points above the germans on their hourly bulletins. that was one of the reasons why at the height of it berlusconi was kicked out of power. he's saying now this is a total calm. italians essentially should ignore it. he said the spread is a con. back to you, carl. >> he is back. silvio is back. >>> as we head into the final fomc meeting of 2012 fed policymakers have traders on edge. want to get to rick santelli on that in chicago. >> i'm on edge, all right. let's do a summary before i bring my guest
this morning. back to you. >> did you see the -- berlusconi saying that italy might have to leave the euro -- i love this guy. and -- >> joe, i'll tell you, he has a point. a lot of people say if italy wasn't in the eurozone now, if you were to analyze the italian economy, current account surplus or ability to get there, it's competitiveness, that actually it would be in a decent position on its own. you know, that's a counter factual that may not be worth exploring. although berlusconi's clearly exploiting that perception. >> if germany doesn't agree to have -- to be a real central bank. he's looking good, 76. he's going to run again. his hair is jet black. and i think he's still -- >> i'm sure it's natural. >> you want to avoid him if you can. like -- keep your distance if you would. >> no, i don't have to -- joe, he's engaged now. he has another -- a new wife. >> i didn't realize that. then definitely. >> yes. i'm devastated -- >> the world's women are safe now. he's engaged. now, in february, there's another election. this is what i love -- he's way behind the leading party which has 30%. t
come out. one of, what will the clash with silvio berlusconi be? he said his economy was crippled and said the right would abolish property tax rises. the second more interesting question is whether or not monty in the game means the election result in february will be a less strong coalition to enact reform, which is clearly where we hope they will go as in keeping -- trying to keep the investor sentiment going. in rome, they actually auctioned 12 euros of bills. all the politics with berlusconi not really affecting the market. yields are low, confidence still in there. some italian banks rose on the back of that. not huge moves. you can see bpms, up 2.2%. in the center of europe where it was concentrated, other banks moved higher. i'll show you those, lloyds, in the netherlands. and one is a bank here. a tragedy really in spain. essentially 350,000 small shareholders you could argue, were conned to buying the bankia stock when the government owned it last year. they had products based on subordinate debt. we learned the bank's net worth is minus 4 billion euros. in other words,
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